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Company paid less than half initial fine for fatal accident

August 5, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A company is paying less than half the fine workplace safety officials assessed for a North Carolina construction accident that killed three workers and badly injured a fourth.

News organizations reported the deadly 2015 scaffolding accident at a downtown Raleigh building led to Associated Scaffolding paying $70,000 and promising new safety precautions. Investigators initially assessed almost $152,000 for serious violations.

Associated Scaffolding challenged the penalty and the state Labor Department reduced it. Two other companies were fined $4,200 each for shortcomings that led to the workers falling several stories after a scaffold collapsed.

Department spokeswoman Mary Katherine Revels says the fines have been paid.

The families of the four victims filed a lawsuit against several companies that were part of the construction project.

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